Teyo has confidence in backup fullback

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:46 AM ET

When Rob Cote scored for the first time in more than two years, possibly the most excited person was Teyo Johnson.

Cote hadn't hit the endzone since July 28, 2007, but that's because he sits behind Johnson on the depth chart.

After Johnson sprained an ankle in the 44-44 tie with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Cote was pressed into action.

The 23-year-old will serve that role again Friday when the Edmonton Eskimos visit because Johnson will miss the important West Division battle.

But the 6-foot-5, 260-lb. fullback will be cheering on his replacement again.

"It was really nice to come off the field and have him right there with a big pat on the back," Cote said about the TD.

"He's a great guy and it speaks a lot for a teammate because it would have been him in there. It was really good to see."

For Johnson, one of the most disappointing parts about the injury, which occurred on a punt rush, was that he was starting to become a bigger part of the offence.

The second-year Stamp with the unique skill set had two catches for 13 yards and might have contributed more if not for getting injured.

"It would be more disappointing if we lost," Johnson said. "We at least got the tie.

"On a personal note, I was glad to get the ball early. I got involved in the first quarter. Doing that takes the edge off. You don't have to wait for the game to come to you."

Cote has big shoes to fill in replacing Johnson, but the starter has full confidence in his backup.

"The way we use the fullback, he needs to know quite a bit," Johnson said.

"Next to the quarterback and the centre, the fullback has to know the most being a lineman, a receiver and sometimes a running back.

"He has a big job this week and I have the faith he can pull it off.

"Not only that, he can do it well.

"The half he was in there, he blocked really well."

The prognosis on Johnson is a regular sprain that will be re-evaluated next week when head coach John Hufnagel said it will be a day-to-day injury.

The Stamps will only get two full practices before facing the Eskimos Friday.


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